Deutsche Bahn operating half-hourly trains on Berlin-Hamburg route

Higher frequency part of "Deutschlandtakt" - key step en route to mobility transition
17 December 2020
Hamburg Central Station

Deutsche Bahn is now offering trains every half hour on the Hamburg to Berlin route. A total of 60 ICE, IC and EC trains up from 46 are now being operated on the route connecting Germany’s two biggest cities every day. This latest service leads the way and exemplifies the progress towards the mobility transition, said the Ministry for Transport and Mobility Transition in Hamburg. The number of train passengers throughout Germany is to be doubled by 2030 as part of the Deutschlandtakt interval timetable launched by the German Ministry of Transport. The expansion of long-distance services between major cities is key to the project.

Around 6,000 additional seats

Anjes Tjarks, Senator for Transport and Mobility Transition, remarked: "The rail link is by far the fastest and most convenient way to commute between Germany's biggest cities. We want to continue this - both on a national level and here in Hamburg. The German government and Deutsche Bahn must continue to significantly expand the infrastructure and make this possible everywhere." The increased connections is a positive sign, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic, he added, as it sends a “very good message and creates more space on every single train”. This helps achieve the mobility transition and protects the health of all passengers in the best possible way. Around 6,000 additional train seats will be available thanks to the higher frequency on the  route.